There will be positive results in the next 3-4 months in addressing the problem of call drops, Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha told the Lok Sabha Wednesday, while expressing commitment to get rid of the “black spot”. Sinha said he had a meeting with telecom operators two days ago where several instructions have been given to improve the situation on call drops front. “We will resolve the problem of call drops. In next 3-4 months we will see some positive results. …Ye kaala dhabba hum mita kar hi rahenge (We will certainly remove this black spot),” he said during Question Hour. Also Read - BSNL loss widens to Rs 7,992 cr in 2017-18Also Read - Broadband services ready in 1.16 lakh gram panchayats: Sinha
Sinha said the telecom operators will invest around Rs 20,000 crore to improve their infrastructure and install one lakh base transceiver station (BTS) to offer better services to customers. Replying a supplementary, Sinha said the Telecom Ministry is in touch with the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to ensure enhancement of the validity of mobile and mobile data from present 90 days to 365 days. “For making provision of longer validity (365 days) of mobile internet plans instead of current validity period (maximum 90 days), the TRAI has released ‘Draft Telecom Consumers Protection (Tenth Amendment) Regulations 2016 on July 5 seeking comments of stakeholders,” he said.
Work has already begun to curb call drops as 48,000 new telecom sites have been set up across the country by various operators as part of a 100-day plan which they committed to the government earlier. They assured that the target for the 100-day program, as committed to the (telecom) secretary, will be met. They indicated that from the beginning of June 10 (when the 100-day program started), there will be addition of around 60,000 BTS (base transceiver station) in 100 days across the country, out of which 48,000 has been installed in the first 45 days, Manoj Sinha, Minister of State for Communications (Independent Charge).